Spanish cinema fetes 20th anniversary of Goyas

30th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

30 January 2006, MADRID – Actors and filmmakers gathered on Sunday night to celebrate the twentieth Goya awards, the Spanish version of the Oscars.

30 January 2006

MADRID – Actors and filmmakers gathered on Sunday night to celebrate the twentieth Goya awards, the Spanish version of the Oscars.

This year's prize-giving was interspersed with footage of Goya ceremonies over the past two decades and with clips from some of Spain's previous prize-winning films.

The Secret Life of Words, starring Tim Robbins and Sarah Polley, and shot in English, was the night's biggest winner, with four awards for best film, best director for Catalan Isabel Coixet, best original script and best production.

The performance of The Secret Life of Words, which tells the story of the relationship between an oil rig worker with severe burns and his nurse, was a surprise. Obaba, about a mythical region in northern Spain where a filmmaker undergoes a journey of self-discovery, was the favourite, with 10 nominations. But, finally, it only won one Goya for best sound.

The victory of The Secret Life of Words also marked the reconciliation of the famous Almodóvar brothers with The Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences which organises the awards. The Almodóvar brothers were the producers for The Secret Life.

Last year, the country's most acclaimed director, Pedro Almodóvar resigned from the organisation, along with his film producer brother Augustin. At the time, they said they objected to the voting system.

However, it was widely believed that the pair were also annoyed that the Academy has not given Pedro Almodovar's films more nominations over the years.

On Sunday, Agustín Almodóvar was present and even handed out an award.

Other films that took home awards included the film Princesas (Princesses) about the life of prostitutes, with actresses Candela Peña and Micaela Nevárez winning best actress and best supporting actress and singer Manu Chao winning an award for his song for the film, Me llaman calle - They call me street.

Woody Allen's film Match Point, shot in London, won a Goya for best European production, an award which was collected by his sister Letty Aronson.

The best Spanish-speaking foreign production went to 'Illuminados por el fuego', a film released in Spain this weekend about the Argentine side of the Falklands War and the soldiers who committed suicide at the end of the war.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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